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BECOMING A PBN VENDOR WITH USIMAC

Thank you for your interest in becoming a member of USIMAC's Preferred Braille Network (PBN). While we transcribe all forms of braille (including UEB, UEB Math, EBAE, Nemeth, Music, and Foreign Language), our greatest need right now is UEB Math. If you are not currently certified in UEB Math we still encourage  you to apply to join the network as you work towards your math certifications (UEB Technical Proficiency Test), please visit CNIB Foundation UEB Technical.

In order to become part of the USIMAC's PBN network you must first be a certified braille transcriber, we accept certificates from Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United States LOC Braille Certification. You must also pass our internal UEB Braille test. To begin our approval process, start by watching our PBN PowerPoint Webinar, this webinar is updated every January with the most relevant information on becoming a PBN, obtaining work, contract procedures and changes, agency guidelines and payment process. 

After reviewing the information above, email a copy of your certificate along with your letter of interest to pbn@usdb.org. Current response time is 1-5 business days (if you do not hear back from us within this timeframe please send it again). In order to expedite the process, below is a list of documents you will need to provide.


For Information on how to become a certified Braille Transcriber 

Please visit NFB Braille Certification Program. The course takes, on average, 6 to 12 months to complete but there is no fee to do so.

Who We Serve

USIMAC provides educational materials for all students with print-related disabilities who are qualified under the Chafee Amendment or otherwise eligible through a current IEP or 504 plan throughout the state of Utah age's birth to 21. We originally began our transcriber network using the same model as the American Printing House for the Blind in Kentucky; however, over the years we have molded the program to work best with our state and our government's procurement/production policies.

Documents

  

DO NOT SEND DOCUMENTS UNTIL WE REQUEST THEM (with the exception of your Braille certificate and letter of interest)

· Copy of LOC, Nemeth, UEB and any other related Braille certifications 

· Letter of Interest

· UEB Internal Test 

· Current Resume

· Signed PBN Bidding Form

· Tax ID or SS#: 

· Copy of your Driver’s License front & back

· Copy of your SS Card front & back 

· EFT form/Direct Deposit & Canceled Check or Bank Statement

· We look forward to having you become a part of our amazing program.

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HOW TO BECOME A PBN (pdf)

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